Sunday January 13, 2013, General Colin Powell was on “Meet the Press”. General Powell is an admirably true Republican who served under the Bush II administration. He has long been respected by both Republicans and Democrats. What he has not done is blindly support his party when he believed it to be wrong. There are few of his type left, a real Republican.
General Powell referred to the Republican Party as “they” several times. Host Dick Gregory asked him, “Did you leave the Republican Party, or did it leave you”? This was General Powell’s response:
“[I]n recent years, there’s been a significant shift to the right and we have seen what that shift has produced, two losing presidential campaigns. I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed. The country is changing demographically. And if the Republican Party does not change along with that demographic, they’re going to be in trouble.”
I had to look back at my own past writings. I agreed with every word, and wrote them myself.
I am an independent, but I lean to the liberal side of the aisle. Comments have been and will be made by those on the far left and far right criticizing the General. He is what both Democrats and Republicans used to be, more centrist. That was how things got done in Washington. Extremist ideologies have damaged the country and destroyed the approval rating of congress.
General Powell also supports the appointment of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. He believes he is very qualified to oversee our military.
He criticized his party on immigration policy, attempted voter suppression, the “birther” movement, and intolerance of minorities. General Powell concluded:
“I think the Party has to take a look at itself. It has to take a look at its responsibilities for health care. It has to take a look at immigration. It has to take a look at those less fortunate than us. The party has gathered unto itself a reputation that it is the party of the rich. It is the party of lower taxes. But there are a lot of people who are lower down the food chain, the economic chain, who are also paying lots of taxes relative to their income and they need help. We need more education work being done in this country. We need a solid immigration policy. We have to look at climate change.”
What I found most interesting is that I was listening to a man who was once a “mainstream Republican”. He appears to have no place in the current G.O.P.
Columnist-The Guardian Express